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DPA Microphones Capture The Kyteman Orchestra

Front of House engineer Sjoerd Terpstra used a selection of DPA microphones to capture the unique sound of the Kyteman Orchestra when they played six concerts at the Utrecht Tivoli in Holland recently.

The concerts, which took the form of elaborate jam sessions, were all multitrack recorded for subsequent mixing and broadcast on the internet.

“Our aim was to create a library of completely original Kyteman material,” Sjoerd Terpstra says. “None of the songs were written in advance – they were all improvised on the spot.”

Founded by Colin Benders (aka Kyteman), the Kyteman Orchestra plays a mixture of hip-hop, opera and jazz laced with melodies and raw beats. Its first album, The Hermit Sessions, was released in 2009 and was a great success in the Netherlands where it reached the top five of the Dutch Album Charts and sold over 75,000 copies.

Sjoerd Terpstra, who has been working with Kyteman for the last five years, says he chose DPA microphones for this project because he knew they were capable of delivering studio quality from the live stage. The microphones were supplied by Amptec, DPA’s distributor in the Netherlands.

“There are approximately 18 musicians in the orchestra,” Terpstra explains. “We used a lot of DPA d:vote 4099™ Instrument Microphones on strings and horns, a d:dicate 2011A on the drums and percussion and a set of d:screet 4061 Miniature Microphones on the upright piano because they sound amazing, especially at low noise levels. One of the snare drums initially gave me a lot of trouble because it was so low pitched and I just couldn’t get it to sound right, but eventually I used another d:vote 4099 and then it sounded great. The d:vote could handle the low pitch well and gave me enough ‘snap’ to make it cut in the mix.”

Terpstra adds that the d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones were especially useful because they were able to deliver very isolated sound.

“We were recording on an exceptionally cramped stage so this was an important feature,” he says. “The isolation they achieved gave me tons of possibilities in both the FOH and studio mixes.”

With the latest Kyteman Orchestra project now completed, Sjoerd Terpstra is now working with a number of bands from the Middle East.

“I am hoping to use DPA microphones for some of those projects, too,” he says. “I am always happy with the results I get from DPA so have no hesitation in recommending them to all the bands I work with.”

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About DPA
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to provide you – whether you’re in live sound, recording, theater or broadcast – with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for your tasks. DPA takes no shortcuts in the design processes nor makes any compromises in manufacturing, which is all done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability, and above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.
For more information, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

Extron Introduces Six Input, Four Output Audio Expansion Processor with AEC and Dante

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the AXP 64 C AT, an audio expansion processor with six mic/line inputs and four line outputs for remote connectivity to a Dante™-enabled DMP 128 audio system. It is used to place six mic/line sources onto a Dante audio network, and route any four Dante channels from the network to an amplifier or other destination. The AXP 64 C AT features Extron ProDSP with gain, filtering, and dynamics processing for all inputs and outputs. Four of the inputs also include AEC, 48 volt phantom power, and control ports. FlexInputs offer the additional capability to process Dante channels in place of the first four local inputs. A single Ethernet cable from one AXP 64 C AT, or several linked units, to a central equipment rack greatly reduces the effort and expense of pulling one cable for each endpoint. more

HARMAN’s Studer, JBL and AKG to Showcase World-Leading Broadcast Audio Technology at TAB Convention & Trade Show

AUSTIN, Texas — At the Texas Association of Broadcasters (TAB) 61st Annual Convention & Trade Show, HARMAN Professional will be showcasing an extensive array of world-class audio products for the broadcast industry, including Studer digital consoles, AKG microphones and JBL studio monitors.

Taking place at the Renaissance Austin Hotel, the TAB Convention & Trade Show is the largest state broadcast meeting in the United States, featuring one-and-a-half days of management, engineering and sales programs, plus a 127-booth trade show with industry vendors from around the country.

Studer will be showcasing its Vista 1 all-in-one digital mixing console, with integrated control surface, I/O system, DSP and power supplies consoling one compact footprint. This makes it the ideal choice when space is restricted, such as in OB and small control rooms or ENG vans. The Studer Vista 1 also features a redundant PSU for peace of mind, and RELINK integration with other Studer Vista and OnAir consoles which means the Vista 1 can easily share signals across an entire console network. Two expansion slots for standard Studer D21m I/O cards may be used for interfaces connecting to popular formats, including CobraNet or Aviom A-Net, Ethersound, Dante, Dolby E and MADI I/O.

AKG will feature a variety of microphones and headphones for broadcast applications, including the C4500 BC. This large-diaphragm condenser microphone in front-addressed format is specially designed for on-air broadcast work. It provides a cardioid pickup with voice-friendly tuning and a low proximity effect, as well as high RF/EMI insensitivity.

In addition, JBL Professional will show off its award-winning 3 Series studio monitors, which are now available with the LSR310S powered studio subwoofer. Driven by an integrated 200 Watt Class D power amplifier, a new 10-inch high excursion woofer works in concert with JBL’s patented Slip Stream Port™, delivering impressive low-frequency response below 27 Hz, with peak output of 113 dB SPL.

For more information on the TAB Convention & Trade Show, please visit www.tab.org

HARMAN designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a global workforce of 15,200 people and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last 12 months ended March 31, 2014.

DPA Gets Up Close And Personal With Scarlett Johansson

DPA microphones turn up in some unusual places, but inside Scarlett Johansson’s t-shirt has to be one of the brand’s more exotic locations.

According to French sound engineer Stéphane Bucher, DPA’s d:screet™ 4060 miniature microphones were absolutely perfect for this role because they offered such exceptional audio quality. He used three of the mics to capture Johansson’s performance during the making of Lucy, a new film directed by Luc Besson that is due for theatrical release later this month.

“d:screet 4060 microphones are very small but that wasn’t the reason why I chose to use them,” Bucher explains. “It was all about their audio fidelity – when it comes to sound quality DPA 4060′s are much, much better than other lavalier mics on the market.”

As an internationally acclaimed sound engineer, Bucher has worked with numerous famous actors and directors including Morgan Freeman, Pierce Brosnan and Kevin Costner. In recent years many of the projects he has undertaken have come via major feature film producers such as EuropaCorp. He also owns and manages the Paris-based rental company, A4Audio, which supplies audio equipment to film and TV clients.

“During the filming of Lucy, it was important to take on board Luc Besson’s directing style,” Bucher explains. “He is not the easiest person but I was really happy to work with him. He shoots so fast and wants the actors ready to go when they come to set because he already knows exactly what he wants. Once the actors are here, it is too late, you’ll not have time to put a lavalier on anyone.”

Fortunately, the film’s costume designer Olivier Beriot completely understood Bucher’s problems and was able to work with him to devise a way of permanently attaching a microphone to Scarlett’s main costume.

“Olivier is the best costume designer I have ever worked with and I have huge respect for him,” Bucher says. “Scarlett’s main costume was a white, half translucent T-shirt so we used a white d:screet 4060 microphone which was inserted into the seam of the t-shirt by the dressmaker. We had three t-shirts ready at all times and the solution worked perfectly, giving us great audio but without any visibility issues.”

Bucher adds that this wasn’t the first time he’d used DPA microphones – indeed, he first started using them many years ago when he was recording classical music.

“Like every other sound mixer, my equipment is really important and I’m constantly looking for the best microphones, mixers, recorders, etc,” he says. “When I started working in film and TV sound, I was using the same lavalier microphones as everyone else because I didn’t really have a choice. Now I do have a choice and I can use the best mics available for cinema sound, which happen to be DPA. I originally chose them because I was tired of going to the cinema and hearing that recognizable sound you get with other lavalier microphones. DPA’s sound is really translucent and clear – to the point where sometimes I can’t tell if I’m listening to the boom or the 4060.”

Since completing Lucy, Bucher has been in the USA working with director Olivier Megaton on the film Taken 3, which stars Liam Neeson and Forest Whitaker. As the film requires audio to be recorded inside a car, DPA’s French distributor Audio2 equipped him with a number of d:dicate™ 4018 supercardioid microphones, which are ideally suited to this type of location work.

“They were great,” he says. “I used them for one particular car chase where Liam Neeson is driving very fast on the highway. I needed a very small mic to put into the car’s sun visor. We bought two new sun visors, opened them up and put the 4018 mics inside. This worked perfectly. We also tested them on a much simple car scene, in which Forest Whitaker is driving and talking, and they worked great for that, too.”

Stéphane Bucher is now in France preparing for his next film project, which will undoubtedly feature DPA microphones in a starring role.

“I’ve always been really happy with the audio quality DPA microphones deliver and that’s why I keep going back to them,” he says.

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About DPA
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to provide you – whether you’re in live sound, recording, theater or broadcast – with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for your tasks. DPA takes no shortcuts in the design processes nor makes any compromises in manufacturing, which is all done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability, and above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.
For more information, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

World Cup Concert in Rio Scores Big with DPA Microphones

Renowned classical musicians helped close FIFA games during finale performance with assistance from d:dicate™ Recording Mics

RIO DE JANEIRO, JULY 18, 2014 – When Spanish tenor and conductor Plácido Domingo took to the stage for the Concert in Rio, honoring the close of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, television audiences received a crystal clear sound thanks to DPA Microphones’ d:dicate™ Recording Microphones. Performing at the HSBC Arena Stage in Rio de Janeiro on Friday, July 11, Domingo was accompanied by Puerto Rican soprano Ana María Martínez, Chinese pianist Lang Lang and the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra.

With the entire world watching, Grammy® Award-winner Jesse Lewis, audio producer for the live international broadcast of the concert, knew he needed reliable microphones for the broadcast of the performance, which was aired live from the massive arena. He turned to DPA Microphones for its range of d:dicate mics, including the 4006 Omnidirectional, 4011 Cardioid and 4041 Large Diaphragm solutions.

“For a venue of that size, we had a tremendous need for an overhead microphone that was able to reach deep into the orchestra and pull out the really important details of the instruments,” says Lewis. “In this case, it was the DPA 4006 and 4041. The sound of the live broadcast depended greatly on the special sound those mics provide. Additionally, I have relied on the d:dicate 4011 for years as my preferred mic for acoustic piano recording. That’s why I selected a stereo pair on podium stands, accompanied by a pair of the d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Mics, for Lang Lang’s piano, and I’m happy I did, because the sound was very big and beautiful.”

Working alongside the concert’s live sound engineer Jerry Eade, who used his own collection of microphones, Lewis also faced the challenge of combating PA and monitor bleed with the live broadcast. “We needed a microphone that would keep the music and the atmosphere, but would reduce the negative effects from being on the wrong side of the PA system,” he explains. “Being omnidirectional, the DPA 4041 has unique characteristics, both on and off axis, that helped us do exactly what we wanted – more music and less PA bleed. It really couldn’t have been a more perfect setup. Despite using a PA system, we were able to achieve the exact sound we strive for in a pure acoustic situation.”

According to Lewis, the concert’s producer Bernhard Fleischer was ecstatic with the sound that they achieved. “The DPA mics hanging over the orchestra were the most crucial ingredient for this production,” adds Lewis. “They ensured that we conveyed the music in a powerful way to the broadcast audiences around the world.”

Performing for his sixth World Cup concert, Domingo presented a program of arias, Spanish zarzuelas and Broadway hits in addition to traditional Brazilian songs and sambas. Led by American-born pianist and conductor Eugene Kohn for the Concert in Rio, the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1940 and was the first touring orchestra from Brazil. The Latin Grammy Winner for Best Classical Album in 2001, Martínez regularly performs alongside Domingo as well as singer Andrea Bocelli while Lang Lang, who is considered one of the most sensational artists in classical music, was a child prodigy who began playing the piano at the age of three.

ABOUT DPA:
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high-quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to always provide its customers with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for all its markets, which include live sound, installation, recording, theatre and broadcast. When it comes to the design process, DPA takes no shortcuts. Nor does the company compromise on its manufacturing process, which is done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability and, above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.

For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com.

Music Students Step Up To CAD Headphones


Understanding the need for professional equipment when learning how to play and record musical instruments and vocals, CAD Audio recently donated a number of MH510 studio headphones to music students in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Aaron O’Keefe, a private music instructor and owner/co-owner of the Loveland, Maineville and Lebanon music academies, describes how his students got involved with CAD.

“Carmen Mark ‘Squiggy’ DiGiacomo of the MAD Consulting Group contacted us about the manufacturer’s tent at the Rock On The Range Festival in Columbus where music product and audio manufacturers demonstrate their products. CAD Audio was one of those companies and they were good enough to donate a number of their professional headphones to our music school programs.”

Aaron’s students typically range from age six to 16 and he personally teaches piano, guitar, voice, drums, bass, double bass, vibraphone, mandolin and ukulele, to name a few. “We’ll usually take a song like ‘Heart Shaped Box’ by Nirvana or ‘Sober’ by Tool,” he explains. “I’ll teach the song individually to my drum, guitar, bass player and voice students, we’ll put them together in a band, rehearse the song, then actually record and videotape the final performance.

“These CAD headphones are going to be used in countless studio recordings, Aaron continues, “because too often, the kids have cheap, walkman-style phones that don’t do the job. The Sessions MH510s are perfect for the studio because they have a closed-back design and there isn’t any bleed through into the microphones, which is really important. Plus the audio quality is exceptional. We’re using them extensively for tracking and overdubs, which is great because they’ll eventually appear in our videos. They’re the best headphones we’ve ever used.”

Knowing that his students’ version of Tool’s “46 and 2” bit.ly/1rbMKFv on YouTube has had well over six million, four hundred thousand views to this point, appearing in their videos has added significance for supporting manufacturers such as Zildjian, Jackson, ESP, Dunlop, Kramer and CAD Audio.

Describing the adventure of taking young music students to a night out at Rock on the Range, Aaron concludes, “Guns ‘N’ Roses was headlining and the kids got to meet members of Killswitch Engage, Asking Alexandria and Matt Pinfield of MTV.

“Taking eight kids to a Metal show was a little stressful because I had a nine, ten and a few fifteen year olds and I didn’t have any other chaperones which was crazy. But it worked out fine, the kids got equipment, met their heroes and the nine year old, Eva, called it ‘the best trip ever.’”

For more information about CAD Audio, please call 800.762.9266 or visit www.cadaudio.com.

DPA Shows Its New d:screet™ Necklace Microphones At IBC 2014

DPA Microphones has always been renowned for its ability to deliver superb audio, even in the most challenging conditions. Now, thanks to a new range of body worn microphones, the company has overcome the biggest challenge of all – how to give control of mic placement to non-technical actors or reality show contenstants without compromising sound quality.

DPA’s solution, which will be on show at IBC 2014, is the d:screet™ Omnidirectional Miniature Necklace Microphone – a cleverly designed mic that houses a legendary d:screet 4061 Omnidirectional Miniature Capsule in a soft rubber necklace.


“These microphones are perfect for situations where fast costume changes are necessary – or for reality TV shows where the contestants have to place microphones without help from a trained audio engineer,” says DPA’s CEO Christian Poulsen. “The necklace design ensures that the microphone sits in exactly the same place on the body every time, so there is no need for EQ-ing between different recordings.”

The d:screet Necklace Mic is already being used in the Danish adaptation of Big Brother and DPA anticipates plenty of interest from other reality TV productions. The mic comes in black, white and brown and in lengths of 47 or 53 com (18.3 or 20.9 inches).

At IBC 2014, DPA is exhibiting alongside its Dutch distributor Amptec on booth 8.D70. At 5pm every evening it will be holding a prize draw, which will give one lucky show visitor the opportunity to win a DPA d:screet Miniature or d:fine™ Headset Microphone. At that same time, the company will challenge one of its mics to see exactly how much stress it can withstand. Could it be used as a drumstick, for example? IBC visitors need only come along to 8:D70 at 5 pm to find out.

While there, they can also see DPA’s new heavy-duty d:screet™ 4060 Omnidirectional Miniature Microphones and classic d:screet 4060 Omnidirectional Miniature Mics with reinforced cable relief, making them even more durable for demanding use. These microphones satisfy market demand for high-quality sound combined with a highly-durable housing and cable.

“Incorporated on all d:screet Miniature Microphones, our new robust strain relief version brings much needed reassurance to people who are not used to handling miniatures,” Christian Poulsen adds.

The heavy-duty 4060 microphone is ideal for people who require even more security and for whom the visual appeal is of less importance. It is perfect for placement in rigorous filming situations, such as incorporated into a combat suit for a fight scene or under a horse saddle in a period piece. Featuring a stainless steel housing, sturdy cable relief and a thicker 2.2 mm (.09-inch) cable, both enhanced versions are exceptionally durable and ideally suited to the rigors of broadcast productions.

DPA will complete its IBC 2014 line-up with its new d:fine™ 66 and 88 Headset Microphones, which are ideal for broadcast productions with vocal performers who need to move freely without obstructions from a handheld mic or one on a stand.

Combining the flexible mechanics of DPA’s modern d:fine ear mount solution with the sound qualities of the legendary 4066 Omni and 4088 Cardioid headworn mics, the new d:fine™ 66 and 88 Headset Microphones join the original d:fine as well as the traditional 4066 and 4088 Miniature Headset Microphones under the company’s d:fine family. With so many sound handling and size options to choose from, DPA’s d:fine family now addresses every need that actors, musicians and singers face when working in a live television environment.

“There is a growing need for durable body worn microphone solutions with excellent sound reproduction for stringent use in live environments and similar settings,” Poulsen adds. “When we launched the d:fine Headset Microphones we believed that they would define a new generation of headsets. They have certainly met our expectations, which is why we have decided to expand the d:fine Headset Microphone series with this brilliant solution to give users a broad assortment of styles and features.”

For more information please visit DPA at IBC 2014. Hall 8, Stand D70.

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About DPA
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to provide you – whether you’re in live sound, recording, theater or broadcast – with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for your tasks. DPA takes no shortcuts in the design processes nor makes any compromises in manufacturing, which is all done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability, and above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.
For more information, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

DPA Microphones Gets a Dose of Reality on Rising Star

New live results TV singing competition relies on company’s d:dicate™ 4017 Shotgun and system of d:screet™ 4061 Miniatures with Wisycom transmitters and receivers

LOS ANGELES, JULY 8, 2014 – When Daniel S. McCoy, CAS, scored the sound supervisor role for ABC’s new live results singing show, Rising Star, he knew he would need an innovative miking solution to support the performances. In addition to his tried-and-trusted d:dicate™ 4017 Shotgun Mic from DPA Microphones, McCoy also relies on his new DPA d:screet™ 4061 Omnidirectional Miniature Mics with Wisycom wideband transmitters and receivers.

With behind-the-scenes competitor interviews, commentary from host Josh Groban and mentoring from the likes of Ludacris, Kesha and Brad Paisley, Rising Star incorporates significant moments of dialogue in addition to the performances. In order to account for the show’s various ENG and reality needs, McCoy simultaneously uses the d:dicate 4017 and d:screet 4061s to give the post production team the ultimate choice in audio dynamics.

Using the d:screet 4061s with the Wisycom transmitters is a first for McCoy, a long-time enthusiast of DPA Microphones. New York-based Gotham Sound supplied the one dozen d:screets and beltpacks for Rising Star. McCoy chose the d:screet 4061 because it has a lower sensitivity and can handle 144dB SPL, which allows him to avoid distortion on the powerful singing voices. In addition, post requires vibrant-sounding mics that can be concealed, and DPA was the perfect solution.

“Wisycom’s transmitters are essentially the Ferrari of wireless,” adds McCoy. “I’ve been using DPA d:screets for years, and now I’m hearing them with new parameters. Since the transmitter is equipped with an AF input mic powering at 5.5 V, as opposed to the standard three or four, we can get an enhanced dynamic range and improved frequency response from the microphones. It’s been a real ‘ear opener,’ if you will. Using the d:screet 4061s and transmitter with a 24-bit 96 KHz A/D and D/A converters gives me a sound that makes me feel like I’m back in a recording studio while I’m in the field. It’s really interesting to me to find that, with proper amplification, DPA mics can give you so much more.”

The d:screet 4061 also makes it quick and easy for McCoy to swap users between a dialogue setup and a vocal arrangement. “The fact that I can use this mic for both styles is super effective,” he says. “I don’t need more gain and additional compressors, and I don’t have to slam on another limiter; I just need fade up and fade down. It’s freeing to be able to have a mic and transmitter combo that works so well together. I’ve been wondering for years how it is that European broadcasts sound so much better than here in the states, and I think I found the secret.”

Rising Star is based on a new format in which the audience judges the contestants in real-time through social media across three time zones. Voting is conducted through Facebook and Twitter to decide if a competitor moves ahead in the show, right in that moment.

Currently the owner and operator of ToneMesa, Inc., a location and post audio company based in Los Angeles, McCoy has received two Daytime Emmy Awards for “Best Live Audio Mix to Tape” for his work on the Ellen Degeneres Show and a Grammy® Award nomination for “Best Engineered Album” for Brian Wilson’s first self-titled solo project. In early 2008, McCoy became one of the youngest members to join the Cinema Audio Society.

ABOUT DPA:
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high-quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to always provide its customers with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for all its markets, which include live sound, installation, recording, theatre and broadcast. When it comes to the design process, DPA takes no shortcuts. Nor does the company compromise on its manufacturing process, which is done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability and, above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.

For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com.

Celebrities Speak Volumes On The Stages Of The 2014 Life Ball In Vienna With HARMAN’s AKG Microphones

VIENNA, Austria – Celebrating cultural diversities from around the world in an effort to support people with HIV and AIDS, the annual Life Ball in Vienna is an extravagant event that attracts tens of thousands of international visitors. This year’s event utilized 100 channels of HARMAN’s AKG WMS4500, DMS700 and IVM4500 wireless microphone and monitoring systems for onstage vocal performances and announcements.

The highlight of the 2014 Life Ball featured celebrity speakers such as Bill Clinton, Christina Perri, Ricky Martin and more. To project the voices from these esteemed spokesmen and spokeswomen, the technical crew relied on AKG’s microphones for the highest caliber of sound.

“Ever since 2007, we have been the proud partner and sponsor of the annual Life Ball in Vienna,” said Walter Rührig, AKG Artist & Key Customers Relations. “Finding the right equipment for nine different stages with differing acoustics was challenging, but thanks to the flexibility of AKG microphones, the input and pickup patterns were very accommodating to the various presenters and performers.”

The AKG WMS4500 is an analog wireless microphone system with a maximum channel count of 70, a perfect choice for such a massive event due its reliability and proven audio quality. AKG’s dedication to quality is also evidenced with premium digital audio from the DMS700 wireless microphone system and IVM4500 in-ear monitoring system, both of which are easy to operate and favored worldwide.

HARMAN designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a global workforce of 15,200 people and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last 12 months ended March 31, 2014.

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Shure Wireless Dominates Telecast of 68th Tony Awards on CBS

NILES, Ill., June 17, 2014—The CBS broadcast of the 2014 Tony Awards, which aired June 8, was one of the most complex in the event’s history. From host Hugh Jackman’s sprawling, bouncing, opening number to the on-stage gathering of all winners for a closing rendition of “On Broadway,” viewers were treated to a fast-paced production that included a record 17 musical acts and a live orchestra in Radio City Music Hall.

Managing RF system design and frequency coordination for Firehouse Productions was Vinny Siniscal. “With so much real estate to cover, so many frequencies to manage and so many live bands, I specified Shure UHF-R systems again this year,” he states. “When I’m doing a live network broadcast, that’s my preference. Even though the product has been around ten years or so, I know there’s nothing else out there that I trust to be robust enough to survive in such a crowded RF environment.”

This year’s production used almost 250 channels of wireless, 64 of which were for microphones. In addition, all eight channels of in-ear monitors on the Tony stage were Shure PSM® 1000 systems. The production also used wireless intercom systems, effects cues, and ENG cameras – most notably the Steadicam following Jackman from the red carpet to the stage on the opening number. “Producers design these shows assuming that whatever wireless is required can be accommodated,” notes Siniscal. “If that means more channels in less available spectrum, then so be it. It’s our job to make it happen.”

All but eight of the wireless mics were Shure UHF-R—the only exceptions were a handful of costumes with other transmitters already sewn inside. Most of the 56 Shure channels were bodypacks, including 32 UR1M micro-packs. Twelve channels were UR2 handheld transmitters, with an SM58® capsule for Hugh Jackman and Beta 58 elements for most other artists, including Carole King, LL Cool J, and Sting’s choir. “Firehouse provided full combo systems, and, of course, we had all Shure capsules available,” says Siniscal. “At the Tony Awards, you have to be ready for anything.”

One of Siniscal’s biggest challenges this year was the creation of six separate wireless reception zones. “That was driven by the opening number,” he relates. “It started on the red carpet, which is literally outside and open to all the RF on the street. Then we had to cover the stage-level and basement-level elevator banks, plus the elevator shaft itself. Of course, we also had the usual zones for the main stage and front of house, plus the backstage zone.”

To handle the audio transition from zone to zone, Siniscal found the Shure UA874 active directional antenna to be a valuable tool. “What I love about these antennas is that the RF output is switchable from -6dB to +12dB, including unity gain,” he explains. “That’s a key feature, as it allows me to balance for different RF levels across the various zones. I can also turn each zone on and off remotely via the distribution amp.”

With a lot of advance work, three scanners, and a lot of Shure equipment, Firehouse Productions contributed flawless wireless to the telecast for the fourth consecutive year. “Doing the Tony Awards is always a big challenge, because every year, the production grows,” says Siniscal. “We had about 50 more wireless channels compared to last year, plus the outdoor coverage. That means competing with whatever is happening in Midtown – which is a lot of variables to deal with, especially for a live network broadcast. But we had a great team; we did our advance work, and had the right tools for the job. Fortunately, it went off without a hitch, and I look forward to doing it again next year.”

 

Host Hugh Jackman speaks onstage during the 68th Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 8, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)

 

 

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